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SINGLE REVIEW: Barenaked Ladies – “Boomerang” (+ Lyrics)

Just like that title, they keep comin' around.

Just like that title, they keep comin’ around.

Listen to the studio version of “Boomerang”.

It’s likely been more than one week since you last thought of the Barenaked Ladies. The quartet out of Canada have been quiet lately, but are about to head back into the music world. The first signs of that come from a new single entitled “Boomerang”, which goes to radio in about a week-and-a-half at the AAA format here in the States. (It’ll probably have a wider release in Canada and an added Hot AC date here.) I recently had a chance to have a first listen of the full studio version of the single and thought it was one of their best releases in years, at least going back to the Everything To Everyone days. It’s short little ditty, and I’ll explain more about it below. First, a little bit of news on where the boys have been in the past few years.

The Ladies last put out an album in 2010 called All In Good Time, which was their first without founding member Steven Page, who has gone on to a few solo projects. They haven’t done extremely well or garnered a lot of attention. Meanwhile, the band’s album did moderately well, peaking at #3 in Canada (their highest peak in over a decade) and #23 in the United States, though it didn’t have any longevity. Lead single “You Run Away” hit the Hot AC survey here, though it failed to make the top 20. It did, however, make the top ten on my personal chart. Still, it was their biggest hit on the format since 2004’s “Testing 1, 2, 3”.

Since then, the guys have been on tour and in and out of the studio recording for their upcoming album, which is due this summer. No word on a specific release date or a title. “Boomerang” is one of the new songs they’ve been performing on tour since the summertime, and after watching some of the live videos on YouTube, the studio version stays pretty faithful to what you’ve been hearing in concert, both sonically and in length. It’s 2:36, which may actually be their shortest single ever. (I know “Maybe Katie” and “One Week” were just slightly under the three-minute mark.) It’s another pop/rock midtempo single, but there’s some good energy in it and doesn’t need a lot of time to pick up. There’s also a little bit of twangy guitar or banjo throughout the song, and while it’s not a full-blown folk number, it does give the song some character. I’m just glad it has a little bit of the quirk back that the older BNL releases had. Their last album felt like a totally different band to me; this is a great comeback for the guys, even if it’s not their best-charting single ever. Ed Robertson’s vocal is spot-on and the band sounds great. If you were caught off guard or even disappointed by their last effort, consider this a very welcome return and hopefully enough to convince radio to play that familiar sound once again.

“Boomerang” is available on AmazonMP3 from March 26 through Vanguard Records and I’ll update this post with a link to an iTunes download as soon it becomes available. Until then, enjoy this preview of the studio version of the single, along with the full set of lyrics. Meanwhile, you can catch Barenaked Ladies along with Ben Folds Five and Guster on their Last Summer On Earth Tour, which begins in mid-June. Check their official websites on dates and how to purchase tickets!

“BOOMERANG”

[Verse 1]
Moving at the speed of sound, you think I’d be slowing down
But I’m not losing my momentum
There are ways to turn around, so I don’t crash into the ground
I wish someone would invent them

[Bridge]
Despite the pretty dress and curls
You don’t throw like other girls
You follow through

[Chorus]
But I come on back, ’cause I know
That though you meant to let me go
I could always be your boomerang
I come on back, you will see
That all you said got through to me
And I would like to be your boomerang

[Verse 2]
Goin’ down but no one knew, I was losing altitude
I should’ve landed and I tried to
I never took my eyes off you, but I got dizzy and you threw
Me, you were right to

[Chorus]
But I come on back, ’cause I know
That though you meant to let me go
I could always be your boomerang
I come on back, you will see
That all you said got through to me
And I would like to be your boomerang

[Middle 8]
I flew apart but they reattached me
I’m coming in hot, hope you catch me

[Chorus X2]
But I come on back, ’cause I know
That though you meant to let me go
I could always be your boomerang
I come on back, you will see
That all you said got through to me
And I would like to be your boomerang

Yeah, I would like to be your boomerang
Let me be your boomerang
I would like to be your boomerang

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